1 February 2018 – Term 1 – Week 1

Tēnā koutou e aku rangatira,

Tēnā koutou i runga i ngā moemoeā me ngā tumanako o te tau hōu. Ka tangihia, ka mihia, ka poroporoakitia ki ngā mate huhua kua wheturangitia. Haere atu rā, moe mai, okioki e. Kāti ngā pitopito kōrero mo rātou mā, kei te mihi, kei te mihi, kei te mihi.

We sincerely hope that all of our whānau have had a great break with friends and family, and we welcome everyone back to a very positive year at Allandale School. We’ve had a wonderful start to the New Year with lots of happy children re-uniting with their friends and getting to know their teachers. It was great to see so many new faces at our pōwhiri on Tuesday morning! We’ve had a large number of new enrolments to start the school year and our roll is currently around 400 students.


One of the most valuable and important aspects in teaching and learning is human connection. James Colmer said that “no significant learning can happen without significant relationships”. George Washington Carver said that “all learning is understanding relationships”.

And so the focus for Allandale School in 2018 is Connected.  Connections between teachers and students; between teachers and families; between the experiences of our children and the curriculum we are teaching; and between the aspirations of our community and the goals of our school.

Allandale School has been tasked with establishing positive connections in 2018. We invite our students and families to share this goal! What do we need to know about you? What is important to you? What do you bring to Allandale that can help make our school a better place? We invite you to share your skills and experiences with us in order to help us connect with our students, our families and our community.


We really appreciate the way you have prepared your children for a successful school year. Our tamariki have arrived in correct school uniform, and have their stationery and their hats.  Swimming has begun, so please remember to send togs and towels.


Just a reminder that next Tuesday (Feb. 6th) is Waitangi Day.  The school will be open for instruction on Monday, Feb. 5th, but will be closed on Tuesday, Feb. 6th for the Waitangi Day holiday.  Classes will resume again on Wednesday, Feb. 7th.


All are invited to fill up your picnic baskets and come out to the school on Thursday 15th February starting at 5:30pm to meet our staff for 2018. BBQs will be available to cook your food, and we will have games and swimming.  This is an important opportunity to meet your child’s teacher, and to get to know the rest of the Allandale community!  All are encouraged to attend!


In order to provide our 5-year olds with a smooth transition into school, Allandale has introduced Reception Classes this year!  All New Entrants will spend some time in Mrs. Adamson or Mrs. Whiteman’s classrooms when they first arrive so that we can ensure they are ready for the more structured programmes of our Year 1/2 classrooms.  As soon as their teachers and families are confident that they will be successful, they will begin the process of transitioning into our Mainstream and Immersion classes in Rooms 13, 14, 16 and 18.  If you have any questions about this new initiative, you are welcome to speak with Mrs. Adamson or the Principal.


We are co-hosting a Chinese intern with St Joseph’s School again this year. This will be a great opportunity for many of our students. We are also looking into the possibility of conducting night classes in Mandarin for adults.  More information will be provided next week


There are heaps of sporting opportunities for our children in our district.  We would love to be involved in everything that’s going but will need parent support. If you are able to prepare some children for a particular sport we’d love to hear from you so we can give our children every opportunity going.  Please contact the school office if you are able to assist!

Upcoming Sports Events

February 14                        Go by Bike Day

21                        Schools Cycle Challenge

28                        EBOP Touch Rugby Competition – postponement date 1 March

March        5                         Allandale Swimming Sports – postponement date 7 March

16                        Interschools Swimming Sports – postponement date 19 March

21                       EBOP Swimming Sports – postponement date 22 March

27                       EBOP Festival of cricket – postponement date 28 March

April           10                       Ki O Rahi Competition


Please keep this handy so you can support us in your child’s learning partnership.

Please ensure:

  • that your child has correct school uniform – our blue and gold is a source of pride, and is compulsory at Allandale School;
  • that this uniform includes an unbranded navy blue hat to be worn at school every day in Term 1 and Term 4;
  • that, if your child/ren are going to be absent from school for any reason, you please phone 3087645 and report the absence on the answer phone before 9am – alternatively, you can text the school on

021 02501768;

  • that your child has breakfast every school morning – remember we do have a breakfast club available;
  • that your child has a healthy snack for morning tea (from 10.30 – 10.40 each morning children have ‘brain food’ in their classrooms – if they forget their morning tea, classroom teachers have snacks available supplied by Kids Can Trust);
  • that your child has water to drink at school (1/3 fill a drink bottle and put it in the freezer over night for a refreshing drink the next day). We have chilled water available from the central wonderland drinking fountain;
  • that the school has correct, up-to-date contact information;
  • that you pay the school fee donation to the school office as soon as you can:

$50.00 child ($12.50 per term)

$80.00 family ($20.00 per term);

  • that your child has a healthy lunch and a bag or lunch box to carry it in (a bread bag or ice cream container is just fine);
  • that, if you require the school to medicate your child/children, the appropriate authorising form is completed at the office so that office staff can administer;
  • that children are allowed to bike to Allandale School, but they must be on a safe bike, with a helmet and know the road rules;
  • that your child has their togs, towel and a bag to put them in each day their class has swimming (each class swims 3 times per week).

and just a reminder that there is a:

  • Staff meeting Tuesday after school. Teachers will not be available at this time to meet at this time;
  • Leadership Team meeting Monday after school, involving Mrs Tania Doherty, Ms Katrina Black, Whāea Ashton Thrupp, Mrs Wendy Adamson, Mrs Adrianne McAllister, and Drew Manning. At this time these staff members will not be available to meet. The best idea is to phone the school office and make an appointment.


STAGE DOOR Performing Arts Academy Ltd

  • Fun After-School Classes in Whakatane for 5-18 year olds
  • * Drama Classes * Singing Classes * Musical Theatre Classes *
  • Open Day Wednesday 7 Feb – 3pm-5pm at 30 Gateway Drive.
  • Email info@stagedoor.co.nzfor more info and to enrol



Team Leader – Whāea Ashton Thrupp

Pōhutakawa 1 – Whāea Ashton Thrupp

Tōtara 2 – Whāea Moana Wilson

Rimu 3 – Ms Hailey McLean

Kāhikatea 4 – Whāea Deanna Gulliver

Kauri 5 – Whāea Ngamihi Moses


Year 3/4 Team Leader – Ms Katrina Black

Kōkako 6 – Whāea Aroha Black

Tui 8 – Mrs Janene Giordano

Kereru 9 – Matua Niwha Irwin

Kōtare 10 – Mrs Mamta Naik

Pūkeko 11 – Mr Warwick Patterson

Kārearea 12 – Ms Katrina Black


Year 1/2 Team Leader – Mrs Wendy Adamson

Kapokapowai 13 – Mrs Carol Guffey

Māwhitiwhiti 14 – Mrs Sharon Theobald

Titiwai 16 – Whāea Cilla Gray

Kihikihi 17 – Mrs Andrea Whiteman (Reception Class)

Pūrerehua 18 – Ms Marilyn van de Laar

Pepeke 19 – Mrs Wendy Adamson (Reception Class)

Reading Recovery – Mrs Teresa Stewart and Mrs Ali Manktelow


Office Manager – Mrs Josie Soppit

Human Resources administrator – Mrs Kathy Munn

Pastoral Care Administrator – Mrs Kleesha Camburn

Telephone Numbers

(07) 3087645       School                 021 02501768       Mobile

Email       learnalot@allandale.school.nz               Website      www.allandale.school.nz

Facebook  www.facebook.com/Allandale-School-Whakatane-472936389413946


Congratulations to Jaya Wipaki-Kameta from Room 1 who represented the Bay of Plenty in the northern IPS touch tournament over the weekend and her team BOP U10 Coastal Girls placed 1st.

Gold medal winners!